Author: KNeugent

Priority Visitors on Gemini North

In mid-October Phil Massey and I went to Hawaii to observe on 8-m Gemini North as priority visitors. This meant we acted like queue observers in exchange for getting the chance to observe our own Wolf-Rayets under pristine Mauna Kea conditions. Sadly, these conditions never occurred but I still got to see volcanos, sea turtles, and really big telescopes on… Read more →

Back at Las Campanas

I recently returned from a trip to Las Campanas Observatory where my collaborators and I finished up a four year project searching for Wolf-Rayet stars in the Magellanic Clouds using the 1-meter Swope telescope. We have a few half nights on the Baade Magellan telescope in less than a month to hopefully confirm any candidate Wolf-Rayets we may have found… Read more →

New Zealand Massive Stars Conference

In the end of November I journeyed to Auckland, New Zealand to present my work at a Massive Stars conference. In addition to the conference, I also did a little vacationing before hand. My friend and I visited Hobbiton, Rotorua, Taupo, and Hot Water beach. Hopefully the next Massive Star “beach meeting” is in an exciting location! Read more →

Trip to Europe and Scandinavia

In early June I traveled to Chicheley Hall in the English countryside to present my work on WN3/O3 Wolf-Rayets at the Bridging the gap: from massive stars to supernovae meeting. In addition to learning more about these stars from an evolutionary standpoint, I additionally got the chance to do some traveling! I extended my trip by a bit and visited Stonehenge… Read more →

10th Trip to Las Campanas Observatory

My November 2015 trip to Chile marks the 10th time I’ve traveled down to Las Campanas Observatory to observe massive stars in the Magellanic Clouds. The current run involves 10 nights on the 40″ Swope using narrow band interference filters to search for Wolf-Rayet stars in the SMC and LMC. We then have two nights on the 6.5m Baade Magellan… Read more →

Observing at the MMT

Even though I’m now a NAU grad student doing my masters thesis on asteroids, I’m continuing my massive star research with Phil Massey. One of the upsides of this collaboration is that I still get to tag along on observing runs. Tonight we’re observing Wolf-Rayet binaries at the MMT down near Tucson, AZ. The last 19 nights have been clouded /… Read more →

Off to Europe …

Pretty soon I’ll be packing my bags to head back to Europe for another astronomy conference. After Greece in 2013, and Switzerland in 2014, Phil and I are now headed off to Potsdam, Germany for a conference on Wolf-Rayet stars! Phil will be giving an invited talk on Wolf-Rayet surveys and I’ll be giving a talk on our newly discovered… Read more →